Laurel goes back to Yale

JULY 25 – AUGUST 3, 2008
The Cabaret Conference at Yale University is being developed in conjunction with the Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theater. Several conference sessions will be held in the facilities of the Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theater, including the recently opened New Theater.

Alexander C. Kafka of Washington DC’s national publication The Chronicle of Higher Education quotes Dean James Bundy of the Yale School of Drama, proclaiming the Cabaret Conference at Yale University to be “consonant with our core work.”

The Sixth Annual Cabaret Conference At Yale University will be held July 25 - August 3, 2006, and is an internationally focused, nine-day teaching program that offers an intensive look at the art of cabaret performance technique, and trains professionals for the live entertainment industry. The Great American Songbook will be addressed and promoted in its entirety, from its origins in the late 19th century through the classic pop standards of the 1930s and 40s to today’s contemporary cabaret, musical theater, jazz, pop and classical music.

Our students have come from across the United States, Australia, Canada, Germany, Greece, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

The award-winning faculty, and renowned consultants, will guide thirty-six students in a collaborative process of critical refining and honing. The conference will feature classes and lectures covering cabaret performance technique, acting for singers, lyric interpretation, focus and concentration, act structure, act writing, material research, and comedic development, to musical director and director relations, arranging, orchestration, composer/lyricist relations, and image consultation. Examine the final stages of act presentation through club relations, marketing, press and public relations, to the technical language of light and sound, representation, booking, management and personal networking; with an emphasis on integration into the international live entertainment community.

Public performances allow the students to observe first-hand the performance techniques of professionals in the industry, while continuing to study those of their peers on a daily performance basis. At the Cabaret Conference Curtain Call the students will perform, demonstrating what they have accomplished in their nine days at the Cabaret Conference at Yale University.

Our prestigious 2008 faculty currently includes: Tovah Feldshuh, Jason Graae, Carol Hall, George Hall, Laurel Massé, Sally Mayes, Sharon McNight, Erv Raible, Fred Voelpel, and Julie Wilson; piano faculty includes Ron Abel, Tex Arnold, Michael Orland, Alex Rybeck and Paul Trueblood.

The conference consultants/lecturers include: Fred Voelpel (image consultant), Tex Arnold (part singing, harmonies and back-up vocals), Matt Berman (light and sound technician), George Hall (English Music Hall), David Finkle (reviewer for Back Stage, trade publication), Michael Kerker (ASCAP, Director of Musical Theater and Cabaret).

The Cabaret Conference is held on the historic Yale University campus in New Haven, Connecticut USA, renowned as one of the world’s finest educational facilities, and for its spectacular architecture, world-class museums and libraries.

Housing for the Cabaret Conference at Yale University is in Yale’s new Swing Dormitory, and breakfast, lunch and dinner will be taken in the baronial Tudor Dining Hall of Saybrook College or the Eero Sarrinen designed Morse College dining hall.

Auditions will be held in: New York, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, London UK, Los Angeles, Minneapolis - St. Paul, New Orleans, Seattle, Toronto and Washington DC. Audition cities subject to change. See attached.

To schedule an audition or for additional information contact Erv Raible, Executive/Artistic Director or Pam Tate, Executive Assistant at 212-629-2000 or visit our website at:

Use Only This Number To Contact Us212-629-2000